HC Deb 14 October 1952 vol 505 c3
6. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the work of the Clothing Industry Development Council.

Mr. H. Strauss

For information on the work of the Clothing Industry Development Council, I would refer my hon. Friend to the Council's second annual report, of which I am sending him a copy. My right hon. Friend is at present in touch with representatives of both sides of the clothing industry about the future of the Council and hopes to be able to make a statement on the subject soon.

Mr. Johnson

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that a large section of the clothing industry feel that this Council serves no useful purpose, is a waste of money, and ought to be wound up?

Mr. Strauss

I am aware that there has been some difference of opinion about this Council, but I think, in view of the discussions that are now going on, that it would not be advisable for me to say anything further on this occasion.

Mr. Robson Brown

Is the Minister aware that this difference of opinion is not shared by many efficient firms in the industry who consider that the contribution to the industry by the Clothing Industry Development Council in the field of production efficiency has been important, and should be continued?